Undergraduate Program

History at WashU

The Department of History at Washington University offers history majors and minors the opportunity to develop a coherent and challenging program of study. We also encourage all undergraduates to incorporate the discipline of historical thinking into their liberal arts education. In all courses, students are taught the kinds of skills that will help them succeed both in classes at WashU and in their post-graduate careers. History students learn to read carefully, think critically, research honestly, and present information and ideas clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.

The Department of History offers a wide variety of courses, ranging from the ancient world to the present, and across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. There are many opportunities for small-group learning and discussion, in freshman seminars, sophomore honors colloquium, writing-intensive seminars, and advanced seminars. The history major is structured to be flexible, and encourages students both to pursue established interests and to explore topics, time periods, and locales that may be less familiar.

The Department of History prides itself on the individual attention faculty mentors provide students. Graduates express great satisfaction with their experience in the major, mentioning in particular faculty's knowledge of the subject matter, dynamic teaching, and respect for students.

The study of history is key to becoming a well-informed, thoughtful, and effective citizen of the nation and the world. It is also fun!

The Department of History's Rhodes Scholar!

The Department of History's Rhodes Scholar!

A Student Voice: Controversy in the Classroom

A Student Voice: Controversy in the Classroom

Phi Alpha Theta Honorary

Washington University's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta is committed to furthering undergraduate scholarship in the field of history, while also creating a center for intellectual exchange for members as well as faculty and graduate students. The organization is centered around professional development, historical excursions and outings, and opportunities to engage with history more deeply in a non-classroom environment.

In addition to semesterly meetings, programming, and academic opportunities, Phi Alpha Theta also publishes the Gateway History Journal, a volume of premier undergraduate scholarship from Washington University and the greater midwestern region.

Phi Alpha Theta is open to anyone who has completed twelve credit hours of history and has maintained a minimum 3.5 GPA in history, and a minimum 3.3 GPA overall. Preference is given to history majors and minors. 

More information and how to join

Undergraduate Funding

Thomas Family Internship Awards

The Thomas Family Internship Awards allow students interested in exploring career options in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to pursue summer internships. To help offset the costs of unpaid internships, the Career Center provides a limited number of stipends to qualified students.

Thomas Family Supplementary Research Award

The Thomas Family Supplementary Research Award offers supplementary funds to history majors engaged in research projects. The award offers "top up" funds to help defray the costs of research not covered by other awards such as summer research grants from the Office of Undergraduate Research or the Bemis Summer Research Scholarship in Europe. Although all students are welcome to apply, preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need.

Washington University Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research is the secondary on-campus resource that assists students in identifying and pursuing undergraduate research and funding opportunities. To schedule an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Research - Joy Kiefer - students can make an appointment with her via the WUSTL Advisor calendar (password=leader). Students can also make an appointment with the Undergraduate Research Coordinator - Kristin Sobokta - via the WUSTL Advisor calendar (password=research).

Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems (ICPES)

Each year, ICPES gathers more than 100 undergraduates to provide them with hands-on experience interning on Capitol Hill, federal agencies, think tanks, political groups, or international affairs organizations. In addition, ICPES students attend exclusive briefings at various sites around Washington, including the White Houe complex, the US Capitol, the Federal Reserve, the State Department, and CIA Headquarters. Additionally, students attend the Judd Lecture Series, featuring notable leaders and policy makers discussing today's critical issues.

Fulbright

The Fulbright program is open to graduating seniors and higher level students. Through the Fulbright program, students pursue specific courses of study in countries around the world. The above link provides an overview of the program, addresses frequently asked questions, and contains information you should know about the program if you are considering applying.

The Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program

This summer program, open to sophomores and juniors and based in New York City, has been designed to both reward undergraduates who have demonstrated superb research and writing skill in the field of American history, and to provide an opportunity for the next generation of historians to engage in discussions with eminent scholars and in secondary research.

H-Net

Although many of H-Net's funding announcements are geared toward graduate students or established faculty, occasionally it may be possible to identify funding sources for undergraduate study via this website.

Library of Congress - Fellowship and Internship Search Engine

FellowshipsThe Library of Congress regularly offers both paid and unpaid fellowships and internships for undergraduate students. Some are available during the summer, while others are open during the school year.

Contact

Have questions? Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies

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